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Future Facebook Plans – Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence And Drones – The Monitor Daily


The Monitor Daily

Future Facebook Plans – Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence And Drones
The Monitor Daily
On Thursday, March 26, during its annual developer conference in San Francisco, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the future Facebook plans – virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones. All these projects have a common purpose: to enhance the user's …
Virtual reality is coming to sex, sports and FacebookChicago Daily News
Facebook's big show this week was incredibly self-indulgentBusiness Insider
Sex, sports, gaming, Facebook: Virtual Reality is about to change entertainment National Monitor
Computerworld
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:30 pm

508 million year old lobster like creature discovered – The Silver Ink


The Silver Ink

508 million year old lobster like creature discovered
The Silver Ink
508-million-year-old-lobster 508 million years ago a marine creature lived which is an arthropod similar to the today's spider, lobster, butterflies. The species is named as Yawunik kootenayi, lived 250 million year ago before the dinosaurs roamed on earth.
500 million year old lobster fossil discoveredAmerican Register
Ancient, Predatory "Lobster" is an Ancestor of all Modern ArthropodsGizmodo
Stunning find: 508-million-year-old anthropod with vicious claws discoveredNature World Report
Times Gazette -Benchmark Reporter -Chicago Daily News
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 4:47 pm

Astronaut twin Scott Kelly begins #YearInSpace: Why that long? – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Astronaut twin Scott Kelly begins #YearInSpace: Why that long?
Christian Science Monitor
American astronaut and twin Scott Kelly is now aboard the International Space Station, beginning his one-year mission in space. How will this year affect him and his twin brother, and what will the implications be for future missions?
Russia to Build New Space Station With NASADiscovery News
Chicago universities study astronaut on 1 year space missionseattlepi.com
Here's why NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space is amazingU-T San Diego
CBC.ca -NEWS.com.au -Taipei Times
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 4:02 pm

Bionic Ants and Fine-Flying Butterflies: Festo’s Teaser of Most Recent Projects – Capital OTC


Capital OTC

Bionic Ants and Fine-Flying Butterflies: Festo's Teaser of Most Recent Projects
Capital OTC
It is not an easy feat to build a robot that not only looks, but also moves like a real member of the animal kingdom, but Festo has managed to surprise the tech world with both kinds of examples. So far, the company has designed a herring gull called SmartBird …
Festo uses swarm intelligence to develop artificial ant robotsAmerican Register
Festo Unveils Amazing 3D-Printed Robotic InsectsDaily Science Journal
Winged drones look and move like real butterfliesUPI.com
Uncover California -NBCNews.com -RedOrbit
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 3:41 pm

Pandas Are Not Loners: Elusive Creatures Commit Time With Friends In The Wild – Chicago Daily News


Chicago Daily News

Pandas Are Not Loners: Elusive Creatures Commit Time With Friends In The Wild
Chicago Daily News
Pandas normally devote time with close friends in the wild, a new study shows. It was previously believed that giant pandas were broadly solitary animals.(Photo : Chi King | Flickr) Very little is recognized about the social behavior of giant pandas. It has.
Pandas are Sociable, GPS Tracking RevealsChinatopix
Pandas Have Complex Social Behavior and Sex Life, GPS Tracking RevealsCapital OTC
Pandas more social than thought, study provesDelhi Daily News
The Hoops News -The Monitor Daily -New Scientist
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 3:18 pm

Slack Announces its Database Was Hacked in February – WallStreet OTC


WallStreet OTC

Slack Announces its Database Was Hacked in February
WallStreet OTC
Slack, the increasingly popular team chat application, has been hacked, potentially revealing private information of over 500,000 users. Although the incident is several weeks old, company officials didn't make the announcement until Friday, claiming it took …
Slack Technologies Hacked: 500000 Emails ExposedChicago Daily News
Slack Attack: Collaboration Provider Reports Security BreachCMSWire
Slack hacked, compromising users' profile dataPCWorld
The Verge -Engadget -TechCrunch
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 2:50 pm

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 Mobile test build on track to support majority of … – ZDNet


PCWorld

Microsoft's next Windows 10 Mobile test build on track to support majority of
ZDNet
Microsoft's Operating Systems Group team has added code to the next test build of Windows 10 Mobile that will allow that release to work on the majority of Windows Phones. windows10mobilepreview.jpg When Microsoft released the first test build of …
Windows 10 Preview coming to more phones: Is yours on the list?PCWorld
Microsoft schedules more Lumias to receive Windows 10 Technical Preview for BetaNews
Microsoft touts Windows 10 Technical Preview coming to more Lumia devicesInferse
Movie TV Tech Geeks News -Digital Journal
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:56 pm

Nintendo delays the release of the Wii U’s ‘Zelda’ game – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

Nintendo delays the release of the Wii U's 'Zelda' game
Los Angeles Times
Nintendo's Wii U take on “The Legend of Zelda” is no longer due this year. (Nintendo). Early footage of the Wii U's take on “The Legend of Zelda” franchise has wowed fans, showing the game's hero, Link, riding off into the wilderness on a horse and then …
Zelda Wii U Has Been Delayed, No Longer Releasing in 2015Only Single Player

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:28 pm

What a cluster: When dark matter collides, things get weird – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

What a cluster: When dark matter collides, things get weird
Los Angeles Times
Dark matter just got a shade more mysterious. Scientists studying a smashup between giant clusters of galaxies have watched how each cluster's dark matter passes through the collision – and found that it seems to contradict certain theories of how dark …
Dark matter is apparently 'darker' than we thoughtWashington Post
Dark Matter Just Got Darker (and Weirder)Discovery News
What is dark matter made of? Galaxy cluster collisions offer clues.Christian Science Monitor
NBCNews.com -Ars Technica -SlashGear
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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:04 pm

Vine bumps video quality from 480p to 720p HD – VentureBeat


VentureBeat

Vine bumps video quality from 480p to 720p HD
VentureBeat
One day after launching its new livestreaming app Periscope, Twitter has given its other video-focused app some lovin' — Vine now supports publishing videos in 720p HD. This is a significant bump up from its usual 480p, and the difference is immediate …
Vine allows for high quality videos on iOS operating systemDaily News & Analysis

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 4:58 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 2:45 am

Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

Dancing spider-like robots are displayed at the Intel booth during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas(Reuters) – Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications, would underscore Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's determination to expand into new markets as the personal computer industry loses steam. Earlier this month, Intel slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers. Shares of Altera shot up about 28 percent after the talks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, closing at $44.39 per share on the Nasdaq.

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:55 pm

Uber plans legal taxi service in Germany – manager in WiWo magazine

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signUber aims to launch a service in Germany by this summer that will allow its novel taxi-hailing service to operate legally in Europe's biggest economy, the company's German chief was quoted saying by weekly magazine Wirtschafts Woche (WiWo). The move comes after a German court earlier this month banned Uber from running services using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transport laws. Under the new service, drivers would hold commercial passenger transport licenses whose cost of between 100 euros ($109) and 200 euros will be paid by Uber, the magazine quoted Uber's Fabien Nestmann as saying. "We will also pay the 150 to 200 euros it would cost our partners to have the Chamber of Commerce license them as taxi companies," he said.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 9:52 am

Salesforce aims to surpass SAP on German market: executive tells WiWo

Cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc aims to overtake SAP in terms of sales on the German company’s home market in the coming years, the Europe chief of Salesforce told a German magazine. “We want to become the biggest software company in Germany by sales,” weekly Wirtschafts Woche quoted Joachim Schreiner as saying, without saying exactly when U.S.-based Salesforce aimed to surpass its rival.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 9:14 am

BlackBerry posts fourth-quarter profit; seeks to end revenue slide

Blackberry's Chief Executive Chen gestures during a news conference at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd posted a surprise quarterly profit on Friday and said it is pushing to end a slide in its revenue in this fiscal year, sending the stock up as much as 5.1 percent. We're now turning our attention to revenue stabilization," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call. Chen plans to grow BlackBerry's small but high-margin software division by moving more customers onto its products, including a system that allows companies and government agencies to manage multiple employee devices. The stock rose as high as $9.77, before easing to $9.59, up 3.1 percent on the Nasdaq, despite a much bigger-than-expected decline in fiscal fourth quarter revenue.

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 3:11 pm

Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in RolleYahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives. The search partnership, which took effect in 2010, allowed the companies to negotiate changes or to terminate the arrangement entirely after five years. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Yahoo and Microsoft mutually agreed to extend that deadline to a 60-day period following Feb. 23. "We value our partnership with Microsoft and continue discussions about plans for the future.

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:38 pm

AMC’s channels come to PlayStation Vue

AMC's channels come to PlayStation Vue

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:45 pm

Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins

Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner PerkinsAfter a second round of deliberations, the jury gives a decisive victory to prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which was being sued for gender discrimination by former junior partner Ellen Pao.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:36 pm

Juror kerfuffle leads to high drama in Ellen Pao discrimination trial

Juror kerfuffle leads to high drama in Ellen Pao discrimination trialA funny thing happened as the jurors walked to the courtroom. One juror changed his vote, throwing the whole verdict into disarray.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:35 pm

You can play the standalone Fast & Furious Forza expansion for free right now

You can play the standalone Fast & Furious Forza expansion for free right nowThe standalone Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is available now for the low, low price of $0. Like Horizon 2, Fast & Furious is an open-world racing game. Ludacris' character from the films, Tej Parker, will task you with tracking down the rides needed for the team's next big mission as you drive around the south of France. The game has the unwieldy official title of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, but that name is a fairly accurate description.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:14 pm